Course Description:

Increasingly, our understanding of the structure of biofilm and the self-protective mechanisms associated with it has evolved. The development of microbial loads, and competing and synergistic biofilm components play a role in its maturation and pathogenesis. Biofilm communication, microbial resistance and recent developments are addressed during the presentation. This is followed by a review of mechanical therapies and chemotherapeutics that disrupt and/or reduce biofilm, as well as current and future options that may alter biofilm.

The overall goal of this presentation is to provide information on biofilm. After attending this course, attendees will be able to:
  • Review the mechanisms involved in biofilm development and protection.
  • List and describe the options available for mechanical disruption of biofilm and their efficacy
  • Review chemotherapeutic options to combat biofilm
  • Describe novel options that are being developed to target biofilm in the future
collins_fionaFiona has presented on dental caries and prevention, xerostomia, infection control, biofilm, sensitivity, tobacco cessation, dental materials, tooth whitening, and patient compliance. During her presentations, Fiona provides practical, science-based and thought-provoking information, involving the audience with an interactive approach. Her speaking experience has taken her throughout North America, as well as to Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. She has also participated as a faculty member at OSAP Boot Camps. Her writing experience has included CE articles, white papers, abstracts and newsletters. She is also a trainer and consultant, an editor for Dental Learning, and editor of the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s Dental World.

Dr. Collins is a member of the American Dental Association, ADA Standards working groups, American Association of Dental Research, Chicago Dental Society, and OSAP. She is the ADA representative to AAMI, and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. During her career, Fiona has lived and worked in five countries, and has held positions in clinical practice, education and industry. Dr. Collins graduated as a general dentist from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and holds an MBA and an MA from Boston University in the United States.